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BCRCC mum on meeting with state GOP chair Dorothy Moon: Idaho State Republican Chair Dorothy Moon made an eight hour drive to Bonners Ferry Friday for a meeting in response to issues raised at the March 6 Boundary County Republican Central Committee meeting, but she refused this morning to speak of it beyond saying she only made suggestions, contending it was a private meeting even though it involved an elected official. Updated
Bonner General closing obstetrics department: Several calls and attempts to reach a busy public relations office at Bonner General Health, Sandpoint, have so far proven fruitless, but a call to their OB/GYN department did confirm that staff was told yesterday that the obstetrics department would be closing. OB nurses and doctors were told they would have their jobs until May. Updated 3:15 p.m. ... Comment added
Travis Stolley announces bid for sheriff: Born and raised in Bonners Ferry, Travis Stolley joined the United States Marine Corp soon after graduating Bonners Ferry High School 2005, serving nearly nine years before receiving an honorable discharge and returning home. It wasn't long before he was once again in uniform, this time Bonners Ferry Police Department blue. Now, with sheriff Dave Kramer planning to retire, Stolley has announced his bid to continue serving Boundary County as sheriff in 2024, running as a Republican.
Boundary County School District 101 board meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, District Office
KVRI Forestry Subcommittee meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, county annex building
Billy Tuttle in critical condition: On Friday, March 10, Billy Tuttle went to the emergency room at Boundary Community Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a ruptured colon and transferred to Bonners General Hospital in Sandpoint. The initial surgery seemed to be successful until the following day when he became combative and delirious and had to be sedated. After two days with no improvement and no diagnosis, it was decided that he needed to be transferred and on Monday March 13, he was transferred to a hospital in Missoula.
Trees in power lines knock power out: About 725 Northern Light customer in an area from the North Hill to Camp Nine Road are without power due to trees on power lines. Crews are en route.
Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter has been busy: It's been a whirlwind of activity of late for the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter, and it's not over yet as they are partnering with Boundary County Farm Bureau and inviting anyone and everyone to enjoy a free pancake breakfast to celebrate National Ag week from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Bonners Ferry High School Ag Shop!
Native people hard hit by scammers: Scammers and dishonest businesses can target people in unique ways, so it’s important to understand how communities are affected — and at times, differently affected — by consumer protection issues. A new FTC report focuses on the agency's recent efforts to identify frauds, scams, and bad business practices that impact American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
LEVY PASSES: BCSD 101 M&O Levy results 
Two sentenced to prison for possession of stolen vehicles: A Naples man and a Bonners Ferry man will each spend time in prison after being convicted in separate cases of grand theft by possession of stolen property, both vehicles; one a Bonner County work truck and the other a Honda four wheeler offered for sale on Facebook.  
Lifelong county resident needs help after bad fall: In November, lifelong Bonners Ferry resident Edwina Owens, 74, stepped off a curb and fell, hitting her right shoulder and head, shredding her rotator cuff. Apparently something during surgery triggered the chronic autoimmune disease Myasthenia Gravis, which causes a breakdown in communication between nerves and muscles, leaving her unable to swallow or speak understandably. There is no cure, and Edwina will suffer symptoms for the rest of her life.  
Don’t test your luck this St. Patrick’s Day, plan for a sober ride home: As St. Patrick’s Day nears, the Bonners Ferry Police Department reminds those celebrating to make plans for a sober ride home. March 16 – 19 we are joining law enforcement agencies statewide to increase patrols for impaired driving. This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday and that means more parties throughout the weekend.  
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
Boundary County Commission minutes, March 6
Boundary County Commission minutes, February 27
Wild time at this month's BCRCC meeting: Monday evening, March 6, was atypical for Boundary County Republican Central Committee chair and expectant father Caleb Davis, who oversaw one of the most contentious BCRCC meetings ever, and did so while his wife, Madelyn, was in labor. After the meeting, he drove home, picked up Madelyn and they drove to Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. On Tuesday morning, their son, Atticus, was born. Video added
Rex Theater owner set to lose properties: On December 27, 2022, Featherston Law Firm, Sandpoint, recorded Notice of Trustee's Sale on three Bonners Ferry properties; the building housing Northern Treasures and the lower floor of the building that once held Huckleberry Treasures, both in downtown Bonners Ferry, and a residential structure at 6629 Comanche Street on the Northside near Boundary Community Hospital. But on March 2, 2023, the registered agent of three different business entities listed as owners appeared on a prestigious Realty podcast touting her many contributions to the town she grew up in. Comment added
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of March 13
First responders to train at BFHS Sunday: Boundary County first responders will be conducting a training exercise at the Bonners Ferry High School from 8 a.m. to around 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12. The training activity will involve simulated live gunfire, multiple emergency vehicles and over 40 first responders. The public is asked to please avoid the area around the high school on Sunday, including the school parking lots and access roads.
School District 101 special board meeting, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, district office, 7188 Oak Street
Women reaching women in forestry: We imagine foresters as bearded men in flannel. That’s changing. More professional women than ever work to sustain and protect our natural resources. Now they want to inspire women to be more active in managing family owned forests. Women landowners are playing an increasingly important role in forest management decisions but they are consistently in the minority at forestry education events in Idaho.
Crapo, Risch propose getting back to building the wall: U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) with Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), and John Boozman (R-Arkansas) today introduced the Solving the Border Crisis Act. This bill would secure the southern border by resuming construction of the border wall, strengthening management and enforcement capacities and upholding the rule of law.
Winter snow advisory issued: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow in North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect from 4 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday. Motorists should prepare for winter driving conditions for the Friday morning commute.
Services for Phil Batt set for Friday morning: Former Idaho Governor Phil Batt's body will be transferred to the Idaho capitol in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Idaho Army National Guard Band will perform honors and, weather permitting, there will be a flyover by the Idaho Air National Guard. Governor Brad Little will lead the Capitol service, with remarks by former governors Butch Otter and Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Senator Jim Risch.
Risch helps reintroduce Future Logging Careers Act: On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) helped a bipartisan group of legislators reintroduced the Future Logging Careers Act, which would allow teenage members of logging families to gain experience in the logging trade under parental supervision so they may carry on the family business. The Future Logging Careers Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to work in certain mechanized logging operations under parental supervision.
'The Play That Goes Wrong' earns $2,466 for Shriners: With community support, this crazy bunch of kids raised $2,466 for the Shriners Childrens Hospital. Thank you to everyone who came to their show! A very special thanks to our local Shriners Club, Randy Peterson owner of Peterson Farm, Second Chance Thrift Store, The Pearl Theater, Patrick Atkins owner of Bones INC, Ryan Peterson, and all the parents who raised these awesome humans.
Senate votes to repeal ban on parading with firearms: The Republican supermajority in the Idaho Senate passed a bill Monday that repeals a state law banning groups of people from parading in public with firearms in any Idaho city or town. Passing the bill would also remove Idaho’s prohibition on private militias, one Democratic senator who voted against the bill said. But Senator Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, said Senate Bill 1056 is necessary to support the freedoms expressed in the First Amendment and Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative Board meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, Boundary County Annex
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Work underway on I-90/SH-41 interchange in Post Falls: The second season of construction will resume this month at the I-90 and State Highway 41 Interchange, which is funded by Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative. Work this spring will primarily cause nighttime closures on I-90 and SH-41 as weather allows. Nighttime lane closures on I-90 will begin tonight, and in late March SH-41 will be closed for several nights as construction of a temporary bridge on I-90 over the highway progresses.
Idaho CDL drivers can soon renew license online: The Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles will soon expand online license renewals, thanks to the passage of House Bill 9. Consistent with Governor Little’s Red Tape Reduction Act, the legislation allows people to renew an Idaho Commercial Driver’s License online if eligible, an option already available for many non-CDL drivers. The DMV will begin implementing online CDL renewals on July 1.
Events & Entertainment
Sci-Fest coming to the Panida: The first ever Sci-Fest will be at the Panida Theater, 300 N First Avenue, Sandpoint, at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, with a presentation on NASA's Dragonfly Mission to Jupiter's moon, Titan, followed by a big screen showing of "Star Wars: Rogue One."
Jim Messina bringing band to Sandpoint: Jim Messina and his band will be performing a one-night-only concert at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint on Sunday, May 21. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 10, at panida.org. “The last few months there have been murmurs that Jim Messina might be playing here in Sandpoint and we couldn’t be more excited that his show is coming to life at the Panida,” said Lauren Sanders, the Managing Director for the Panida.
Graham Nash to perform at the Panida: Legendary singer/songwriter Graham Nash will perform 60 years of songs and stories at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint at 8 p.m. Friday, July 7. A founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, he is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later.
Murdocks take over campground and RV park: On November 1, the owners of the Bonners Ferry Log Inn sold five luxury log cabins, a log cabin-style bathhouse building and 21 RV sites situated on 3.7 acres to Bonners Ferry residents Munro and Rachel Murdock. The Murdocks have since rebranded the business as North Haven Campground and are working on implementing various property improvements and amenity upgrades.
County P&Z to hear two conditional use applications: The Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission will hear and accept comment on conditional use permit applications seeking to establish a business retreat on McArthur Lake Road and a wood products manufacturing plant off Enterprise Way when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, at the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
Koon, Hazdovac swap seats on BCH Board: Eldon Koon has stepped down as chairman of the Boundary Community Hospital Board of Trustees and has been appointed vice chair, and vice chair Paul Hazdovac has stepped up to become the new board chairman.
Idaho Apprenticeship Week just ahead: November 14-20 is National Apprenticeship Week and marks the celebration of a proven and time-honored career pathway. Right now, 236 Idaho businesses sponsor apprenticeships, with more than 1,800 participating Idahoans getting paid on the job. Like many Americans, Idahoans have seen sharp increases in housing costs while the consumer price index has risen 8.2-percent in just one year. Facing these circumstances, Idaho’s workforce needs competitive job opportunities now more than ever, and the state’s employers need the labor.
Elliston wins Head Start alumni scholarship: A North Idaho College Head Start employee and a Head Start alumna were awarded scholarships from the Idaho Head Start Association on February 23 in Boise. Neveah Elliston, a Bonners Ferry High School senior, was awarded the Idaho Head Start Association 2022 Head Start Alumni Scholarship.
70th anniversary of John Alt's arrival in Bonners Ferry: It was 70 years ago Wednesday, February 15, that John Alt and his brother, the late Al Alt, got off the train at the depot in Bonners Ferry, neither speaking a word of English, meeting two people they didn't know except from pictures and letters; their aunt Rosie Neumayer and her step-grandson, Arnold Fessler.
Nine local students on NIC Dean's List: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for fall semester 2022. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
Four Badgers graduate University of Idaho: A total of 567 degrees were awarded to 558 students in December in the University of Idaho's fall 2022 commencement. Four were presented to students from Bonners Ferry.
BCMS honor roll released: Boundary County Middle School's first semester honor roll has been released, with 29 students earning high honor for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average. To earn recognition, students had to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Tuesday's Trouble weeks 23-24: Kathy Konek took high scratch game, 163, high scratch series, 422, tied for second high handicap game, 231, and took second high handicap series, 626, to lead week 23 in Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling in week 23 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Regina Colby was a pin behind, scoring 162 for second. 
NRA Foundation grants Claybusters $10,400: The NRA Foundation has awarded the Bonners Ferry Claybusters Trap Team a grant totaling $10,400 to fund ammunition for the shooting program. "We are very excited about our Claybusters team," said Head Coach Ron Campbell, "and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community and our youth. The coaching staff and team members thank the NRA Foundation and the Friends of the NRA for selecting our program and providing ammunition for this amazing team.”
KV shooters shine in sectional match: On the weekend of February 24 - 26, the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club in Bonners Ferry hosted two rifle matches. Both were what is known as a sectional match. Your score is sent to the NRA and all sectional scores are accumulated and your national ranking determined. Those results being posted by the NRA later in the year.
Adam Hiatt Frontier Conference Coach of the Year: Montana Tech head basketball coach Adam Hiatt, a 1997 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School and the son of Russ and Sulet Hiatt, was named Frontier Conference Coach of the Year after his Orediggers defeated the Providence Argos Tuesday night, 103-95, winning Montana Tech's second consecutive conference tournament championship. It was the highest scoring tourney championship in conference history.
Sapphires sparkle in week 22: Alice VanGundy took high game, 163, and high scratch series, 438, and Donna Kent got second high scratch game, 161, in week 22 of Tuesday's Trouble ladies league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Carolyn McNeill rolled third high scratch game with 161.
Letters & Opinion
Say no to illegal immigrant labor: This week, Republicans in the Idaho Legislature advanced a resolution calling upon President Joe Biden, as well as Congress, to grant an amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants pouring across the border and to flood the United States’ labor market with more foreign workers. An overwhelming majority of Americans consistently express an opinion that immigration levels are already too high. By Dorothy Moon 
HB 314 threatens libraries statewide based on a lie: Anyone who knows that our state's libraries follow the law and do not include pornography on their shelves should complain to their Idaho representative and senator about House Bill 314. This bill, which passed a House committee, supports the lie some are telling, that our libraries have pornography. They do not. Because of that lie, community library patrons will be pitted against our librarians under HB 314. By Clarice McKenney 
Heavy hand of government slaps law-abiding Idaho educators: : In his election night remarks, Attorney General Raul Labrador said his “job is to represent the people, not bureaucracy of Idaho.” He overlooked the fact that the Attorney General’s main job under Idaho law is to represent the agencies and officials of the bureaucracy. Labrador also promised to make Idaho “a better place for our families.” By Jim Jones 
The IFF Files Part V: When they tell you who they are, believe them: Organized groups from all over the country are converging on Idaho. They have been drawn to our state because of our conservative politics, but now declare we are not conservative enough. Some of the most outspoken groups have berated our existing state government as RINOs (Republican In Name Only), then openly admit that they, themselves, are not Republicans. They are aggressive Libertarians who want to use the Republican Party in Idaho as their vehicle for success. By Mary Souza
Margaret Ellen (Gilligan) Alt, born February 5, 1940 in Yonkers, New York, died on March 15, 2023 in Post Falls, Idaho. Margaret was born to James T. and Marion P. Gilligan. Please join us in celebrating Margaret’s life at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 601 S Lincoln Avenue, Sandpoint.
Stanley Knight died March 1, 2023, in Bonners Ferry, at his home surrounded by his family. Stanley was born on April 2, 1937, in Birkenhead, England, the son of Stanley and Phoebe Davies Knight. No services are planned at this time.
John Read Schlener died March 14, 2023, at his home in Bonners Ferry. John was born on May 21, 1944, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, the son of John and Frances Read Schlener. Funeral services to be announced.
Kristie Barton passed away on February 17, 2023, in Roseville, California, with family by her side. Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry.
Daniel Joseph Meddock, 78, kind and loving husband, family man and loyal friend passed away peacefully September 12, 2022, in Salem, Oregon, from multiple myeloma cancer. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, in Bonners Ferry at the Becker Auditorium.

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